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Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities

Asia Briefing N°145, 9 December 2014

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena, elections, Tamils, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Freedom Party, SLFP, Bodu Bala Sena, BBS, UNHCR

Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election promises more competition than was initially anticipated. But with that comes a great risk of violence. Long-term stability and post-war reconciliation can only be achieved through a peaceful election resulting in a government committed to serving the interests of all Sri Lankans.

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